Urge representatives to support seniors
Gov. Cuomo is in the hot seat for nursing home deaths. Should we be outraged? Yes!
Cuomo said in an early press conference that these facilities are on their own. He left them to fend for themselves and even told them to take covid patients, while giving them no additional resources.
We worry that our local restaurants and businesses won’t be here after covid. Please worry that our nursing homes won’t be here either.
Two Capital Region homes have closed already.
Cuts in reimbursements are proposed again in the current state budget. Many of these places are nonprofits, getting by on a shoestring.
They have to cover additional covid protocols, equipment, testing, staff out sick, with more empty beds, which are relied upon for revenue.
Covid has made us reconsider our values and priorities in a number of ways. Our seniors have built our communities, fought in our wars, raised our families, and served us in so many ways.
They deserve a place of dignity and respect in our hearts. And if they should need nursing home 24-hour care, this should be valued by our society and adequately funded so that they can live out their days with dignity.
Please consider writing to your representatives on this topic.
Let’s show them we care by advocating for better funding, Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates, and even relief monies to survive the pandemic.
Actions at vaccine center bring comfort
In these times of heartbreaking loss for so many, I can’t begin to understand the grief of those who have lost loved ones.
To them I hope the following will bring a little comfort.
My wife and I recently went to the vaccination center at UAlbany and discovered how much the good folks there are working to safeguard the living.
I was particularly impressed by the military (National Guard?) personnel standing, in the bitter cold and wind, waiting to direct anyone who might need some help. Terrible things happen.
But goodness persists.
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